October Notes from the AGPS School Nurses!
Exclusion and Readmittance information attached
Notes from your Nurses:
We made it to October! Our goal has been to keep our students in school, and with your help we have been successful with this. Following the guidelines set by Three Rivers and keeping kids at home when they are sick has gotten us through the first two months without any spread of Covid-19 among our students.
School Exclusion and Re-Admittance
Three Rivers guidelines have recently been updated regarding exclusion from school and re-admittance to school for students who have symptoms. We have attached that document for your reference. We would still like to encourage you to screen your child at home prior to sending them to school, and keeping your child home if they are ill. But we will no longer be requiring 10 days out of school for the following symptoms: nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, headache, myalgia, rigors, chills or fever alone. Students may return to school when symptoms have improved and they have been fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication. We will continue to require exclusion for 10 days OR a negative Covid test OR note from the Dr that establishes an alternative diagnosis if your child has a fever of 100.0 or above and/or one or more of the following symptoms: a new cough, new onset of shortness of breath or new loss of taste or smell.
If your student is directed to quarantine due to exposure to someone who tests positive for Covid, it is imperative that you follow that directive. Per Three Rivers, “Quarantine means to separate your child from other people. As much as possible, your child should stay home in a specific room and away from other people in the home. Use a separate bathroom, if available. Stay home except to get urgent medical care and restrict activities outside of the home. Do not go to work, school, or public areas.”
As we continue to work with the Health Department and learn more, we are constantly reminded how important mask wearing is to keep our kids in school. If your child is in close proximity (within 6 ft) of another child who tests positive for Covid-19 for greater than 15 cumulative minutes throughout the day, and is not wearing a mask, your child will be asked to quarantine for 14 days. If, however, your child is wearing a mask, they can self-monitor for symptoms and remain in school. The Health Department also takes into consideration whether masks are being worn appropriately. So if your child does not consistently wear their mask over their nose, they will be required to quarantine as well.
Thank you again for all of your patience and working with us to keep our kids in school!